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I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
Wife is refusing to eat it because it's a "cute" animal...

I don't want to do a stew or heavy gravy dish. Thinking of smoking it. It's farm raised so not as lean as wild, but I'll still have to keep an eye on it so it doesn't dry out.

Anyone here have success smoking/grilling a whole rabbit?
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gumbo2176
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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
Fry the damn thing for a real treat. I've fried a lot of domestic meat rabbits over the years and it is damn good eating.

You can also bake it. Put some vegetables in the baking pan with it along with some chicken stock and cover it with foil to keep the steam and moisture in and it will not dry out.


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KosmoCramer
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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
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It's farm raised so not as lean as wild, so I'll have to keep an eye on it so it doesn't dry out


I'm not up on my wild vs farm rabbit meat knowledge, but this doesn't seem to make sense to me.

Wouldn't a more fatty farm rabbit be more forgiving/less likely to dry out?


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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
De-bone most of it and make a sauce picaunte, serve over rice.


gumbo2176
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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
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Wouldn't a more fatty farm rabbit be more forgiving/less likely to dry out?


Yes, plus the meat is a lot more tender due to not running around all day long to survive. Wild rabbit meat is also more on the red side while domestic rabbit is more like chicken meat in color.


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Prosecuted Collins
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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
Maybe wrap in bacon.

I’d quarter and remove the back then do a pass through with a tenderizer and a nice buttermilk soak. Fry golden brown with some white gravy and grits.


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Kyrie Eleison
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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
make a paella...


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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
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De-bone most of it and make a sauce picaunte, serve over rice.


This X 1,000


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LSUZombie
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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
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I'm not up on my wild vs farm rabbit meat knowledge, but this doesn't seem to make sense to me.

Wouldn't a more fatty farm rabbit be more forgiving/less likely to dry out?


I edited. Wrote that wrong...not as lean as wild BUT I'll still have to keep an eye on it


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BugAC
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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
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I don't want to do a stew or heavy gravy dish. Thinking of smoking it. It's farm raised so not as lean as wild, but I'll still have to keep an eye on it so it doesn't dry out.

Anyone here have success smoking/grilling a whole rabbit?



I've smoked rabbit, along with duck for a wild game gumbo i do on holidays. The "wild"ness of the game is debatable, and really depends on availability, otherwise it's store bought. Rabbit, even farm rabbit, is super lean. I smoked mine in my Kamado Joe, but i'd add a waterpan or maybe wrap it in bacon so it doesn't dry out. Also, this was all going in a gumbo, so the moisture content wasn't as big of an issue, unless i was going to eat it, a la carte, like you.

Personally, if you're gonna smoke it, i'd wrap it in bacon or smoke it in a water pan, or near one. Only smoke, uncovered for about 1 to 1.5 hours, then wrap it and finish it off. Then allow it to rest in a cooler for at least 30 minutes so the meat has a chance to reabsorb any fat or moisture that was cooked out, but still contained in the foil you wrapped it in. You may also consider brining it for 24 hours before smoking to ensure you get some more moisture.
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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
I cook them all the time, mostly pot fry them down with some onion and make a gravy.

You can fry them too, when I do that I soak them over night in buttermilk and fry them like chicken.


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whatchamacallit
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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
I can't believe I have to do it...



Hassenpfeffer. HASSENPFEFFER?!


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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
pan sear, add some carrots, onions, herbs, deglazed with wine, throw in oven


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BigDropper
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Lapin au vin blanc et aux champignons

Classic!


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The Dunder Mifflin
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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
Cochon in New Orleans has a rabbit and dumplings dish which is amazing. It’s deboned rabbit cooked in a gravy (not a thick gravy) with herbs, sherry and carrots and potatoes. They put it in a dish, put some pieces of biscuit dough on top and bake it.

It’s An amazing dish


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Twenty 49
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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
Chris Lilly has a recipe for rabbit in his Big Bob Gibson cookbook.

He brines it 6 to 12 hours in water, apple cider, garlic, bay leaves, salt, sugar, pepper, thyme, and allspice. Cook 6 to 8 inches over charcoal (I used a rotisserie on a Weber kettle). He says when grill is 350, grill 20 mins per side and keep going until meat is 160.

While cooking, baste every 5 or 10 minutes with a mix of soy sauce, dijon mustard, butter, and lemon juice. Mine was done in a Weber kettle, with heat more than 350, in about 45 minutes when meat hit 160.


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bakersman
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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
Smoke it then freeze it. Save it for gumbo season


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LuckySo-n-So
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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
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I can't believe I have to do it...


Most people under 45 have no clue about hassenpfeffer.


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GeauxTigers80
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re: I have a rabbit and don't know what to do with it
Serve it deep fried with colorful soft poached eggs for the kids do some waffles too. Rabbit and waffles


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